The state of New Mexico has officially abolished Columbus Day and will now celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead, going forward.
The Hill reported that New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) officially signed the bill into law that will eliminate Columbus Day altogether and replace it with a holiday that honors Native Americans and their ancestors. The new holiday will be celebrated the second weekend in October, which is when most of the country has traditionally celebrated Columbus Day for years.
Liberals have been on a mission in recent years to destroy Columbus Day as they now see Christopher Columbus as an evil figure who helped lead the genocide of Native Americans. Other states like Minnesota, Alaska, Vermont, and South Dakota have already abolished Columbus Day in this way, with New Mexico becoming the fifth to do so.
The El Paso Times reported that this measure was approved by the New Mexico state senate in a 22-15 vote back in March. Sen. Benny Shendo, Jr., a Democrat who supported the bill, said that the change was needed to refute claims by schools that Columbus “discovered” America.
Those who opposed the bill, however, said that it was part of a movement to ignore the many contributions Spanish explorers made to get our country to where it is today. Sen. Craig Brandt, a Republican who opposed the bill, said that it was also disrespectful to Italian Americans because Columbus Day has always been a holiday for them to remember all the discrimination they faced in the United States.
“You are saying he doesn’t matter,” Brandt lamented.
Unfortunately, it does seem that liberals are turning the tides with this movement and that Columbus Day will soon be a thing of the past in the decades to come. While it’s important to respect Native Americans, it’s also crucial to honor the European explorers who started the chain of events that led to the United States being formed.